Monday, April 15, 2013

Boston, Maine, NH events during April Days of Action Against Drones

Events throughout New England will be part of the April Days of Action Against Drones.


Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, is working with the American Civil Liberties Union on legislation that would limit drone surveillance in the state of Maine. Hearings are expected to be held in the first half of April. For more info:


BOSTON - Saturday, April 6, 2013 - Drone Death March: Members of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and others held their monthly death walk. See a full album of photos from the Boston action!

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - E. Mass. Anti-Drone March/rally/die-in: The Eastern Mass. No Drones Network calls for all to join us at Park St. downtown Boston for a rally, a march through downtown and a die-in on Saturday, April 13, at 1:00 PM. See photos and video from the event here!

Westborough - Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - Ground the Drones: A talk by Lois Mastrangelo and Paki Wieland who have recently visited Pakistan on an investigative trip regarding drones with Code Pink It will be held at the Westborough Public Library, 55 West Main St., 7:00 p.m.


MERRIMACK - Friday, April 5, 2013 - Vigil to Protest Drone Attacks Against Civilians: Members of NH Palestinian Network and NH Veterans for Peace sponsored a vigil/protest in front of Elbit Systems, 220 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, NH, on April 5, 2013, from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm. Elbit is an Israeli-owned weapons manufacturer and some of its drones were used to kill and maim hundreds of innocent civilians in Gaza between 2008-09 and in 2012. Their goal was to bring attention to this company which profits off war. Elbit also produces, in Merrimack, the electronic systems used in the Apartheid Walls in Occupied Palestine and also the separation barrier between Mexico and the US.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

April Days of Action Against Drones: Boston Common again hosts large anti-drone action

For the second week in a row, Boston Common was a flashpoint for the nationwide April Days of Action Against Drones
The Common filled with protestors and newsmedia, as speakers
 discussed the traumatic effects of killing on drone "pilots," the
 excess of military budgets, and the potential for drones to be used
 on American soil. 
A discussion of the evisceration of our social services foregrounds
 a tribute to innocent victims of drone warfare.
"It's up to us to speak out!"
The Common filled with groans of pain in a disturbing simulation
 of the aftermath of a drone strike too close to home.
Demonstrators made sure that Bostonians heard their voices as they
 took to the streets, flanked by police officers.
Check out more photos here

 and see the full videos below:

Saturday, April 6, 2013

April Days of Action Against Drones in Boston: Saturday, April 6th

Boston area anti-war activists held a protest against US unmanned drone warfare last Saturday at the Boston Common. This was the first Boston demonstration of the National April Days of Action Against Drones, joining events on Saturday in San Diego, Chicago, and in many other cities nationwide. The Boston protest was organized by The Committee For Peace and Human Rights-Boston, who, since 1998, have held a weekly peace vigil on saturdays from 1-2pm on Boston Common, as well as Veterans for Peace, and the Womens International League For Peace and Freedom.
Demonstrators filled the Boston Common.

A highlight of the demonstration was the naming
of individual victims of drone warfare.

Speakers talked about the many hundreds of people
 killed by US unmanned drones in the wars in
Afghanistan and Pakistan, the use of drones over
Iran and plans to use drones domestically.
White masks were used to evocatively represent
 civilian victims of drone warfare worldwide.

See the videos below:
Drone Death March and Rally
Speech by Jerry Price

This was a preliminary protest to prepare for the national day of anti-drone protests on Saturday April 13, culminating with a mass protest in front of the White House at 12 noon. 

There will also be another anti-drone protest in Boston outside Park St. T Station on April 13th at 1pm.


*All photos by Maurice Moral

April Days of Action Against Drones: New Hampshire

Members of the NH Palestine Education Network and NH Veterans for Peace demonstrated in Merrimack yesterday in front of the headquarters of Elbit Systems, an Israeli corporation that manufactures drones that have killed civilians in Lebanon and Gaza.
The demonstration emphasized many problematic aspects of drone warfare,
from the circumvention of due process to the killing of civilians.

A strong coalition came out to prove that this New England state
 refuses to be a haven for multinational war profiteers!

See the full video below! Report by the Nashua Telegraph featuring Will Thomas of NH Veterans for Peace

April Days of Action Against Drones continue! Click here to get involved in other New England events.